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CRKT Squid Folding Straight Edge Knife
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- Compact everyday carry folder
- Wide blade with drop point style give balance and tip strength
- 8Cr13MoV Steel
- Handle is 2Cr13 steel with frame lock
- 4.490" Full Length Open; 3.4oz
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- Equipped with a frame lock for safety
- Friction grooves on the drop-point blade for a secure grip
- Internal frame lock and deep pocket clip for a secure carry
- Stonewash drop point 8Cr13MoV blade
- Designed by Lucas Burnley
- Limited Lifetime Warranty
About the designer
When you ask Lucas what drew him to the knife world as a teenager he'll tell you it was stories of survival, off path adventures with his father and a healthy dose of action movies. Over the years, he has experimented with a broad range of styles to artfully combine classical examples with modern materials and techniques such as with his Obake knife. Lucas believes knives are a personal expression of independence.
CRKT 2490 Squid
In Depth Look
It's a pistol of a knife: it obliterates tasks.
This Lucas Burnley-designed everyday carry knife is compact in stature but packs some heat in the features department. It comes with a frame lock for safety, and friction grooves on the drop-point blade for a secure grip. Be careful where you point it.
The Squid is an everyday carry folding knife from designer Lucas Burnley of Albuquerque, New Mexico. Based on the concept of a compact pistol, it's small in size and big on ability. Don't let the 2.25 inch blade fool you; this is a full-on, tactically inspired knife that's ready to take on your largest cutting challenges. By keeping it wide at nearly one inch and using the drop-point style, Burnley was able to give the blade a good balance of tip strength and point geometry for utility tasks, packing all the functionality of a full-size tactical folder, into an easy to carry, compact design.
Just like any good gun, you want something that'll keep you safe. That's why the Squid comes with an internal frame lock and deep pocket clip for a secure carry. When you're ready for this knife to see some action, use the thumb stud to deploy the blade.
So go ahead and bring this sidearm with you wherever you go. Just remember, it's loaded.
About Columbia River Knife and Tool
CRKT (Columbia River Knife and Tool) offers a broad line of knives and tools for sport, work, professional, and lifestyle activities. All CRKT knives and tools are built incorporating the most advanced equipment and production systems. Founded in 1994, CRKT is the industry’s premier brand of knives, tools, and lifestyle accessories, with a reputation for innovative design.
Color: Black Stonewash
Top customer reviews
It came down to the CRKT Squid, Kershaw Shuffle, Spyderco byrd Robin2, Gerber Paraframe Mini, Buck Scholar, and Schrade SCH101S. All good knives, but after reading the most detailed reviews for each one (excluding reviewers who received discounts or freebies), I went with the Squid. Great call. It's excellent, lives up to all those requirements, and continually surprises me with more.
As for the basics, the blade is perfectly centered, tightly anchored at the joint, and can take continual side-pressured onehanded opening without the slightest skewing. I can't verify what grade the steel is, but it arrived razor sharp and has faithfully kept that edge after weeks of daily use. I haven't had to hone it yet, and I use this thing all the time.
In addition to basic quality, the Squid incorporates a lot of subtle handy details I wouldn't have thought to look for. Deep fingertip indent on the clip is exactly right for one-handed removal (the clip is very tight so the knife is not accidentally removed other than with a straight up and slightly inward draw). Knurling on the blade behind the thumb stud helps you guide the mirco cutting surface but is also just right to assist in drawing the closed knife with your thumb and forefinger. There's a small lanyard eye at the top of the handle for an option to "keychain" it for easier removal and handling (file that to a dull edge and you'll have a handy flathead screwdriver). The hinge is smooth, exposed and all metal for deep cleaning and oiling without disassembly.
I also like the Squid for what it -doesn't- have. CRKT resisted adding common clutter on this clean little knife. How many bottle openers does someone in the 21st century need? And how much sheet metal do you plan to punch through with a 2.25" folding blade? Thank you, CRKT, for not giving the world another tiny tanto just because it looks "weapony" and gets the adolescent market.
The one and only negative to the Squid: that name. Last weekend some woman told me she was into knives. Without thinking, I offered to show her my Squid and...
Seriously, CRKT. There were a hundred more helpful names for this thing.
Anyway, as unfortunate as it sounds, this knife has won me over and now I'll probably always have a Squid in my pocket.
Some people may complain that since the grips are metal and are smooth there could be grip issues, but I have not ran across any incident where the knife was too slippery to control. I actually prefer that the grips are the way they are because it makes the knife extremely low profile and unobtrusive in your pocket. What's the purpose of having a small knife if the scales make it as wide as it is long?
On the weight, it's right at 3.55 oz, whereas my much larger Kershaw Blur and Benchmade Griptillian are just slightly heavier at 3.93 each. Given the smaller dimensions, the CRKT Squid actually feels heavier in hand. In looking for a compact EDC knife, I certainly wasn't looking for heavy, however it feels really good in hand- really amazingly solid for such an inexpensive little knife. The smooth finish and eased edges are super comfortable to hold. I was a little worried about the smooth scales not allowing the pocket clip to hold it in my pocket securely enough, but the clever scallops on the side under it seem to do the trick. The blade shape should make it a breeze to keep it sharp. My only other gripe is I wish the lanyard loop's edges were eased like the rest of the knife- it's the roughest part of the knife, which is especially unfortunate considering its the only part of the knife which protrudes from your pocket. If it weren't black anodized, I might just take a file to it.